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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganbuck View Post
    Wow 900 posts and 10 years arguing on this and still not a solution in sight.. Glad we ran out of issues and this is over...
    "Over"? Nah... "branched".

    Now we gets to argue over whether pickled eggs, 'burgers or the Methane concentration in flatulence should be traded in Metrifuckated units or US/Imperial... instead of whether Miguel is too disorganized to sort his tools or Juergen not quite bright enough to manage conversions without getting a headache right in the middle of his forehead.

    The "world domination" schtick was a non-starter to begin with...


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    One good thing is that Denmark is a lot farther away in Kilometers than in miles.
    Re: 7016kM BUT ONLY 4360 MILES...

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganbuck View Post
    Wow 900 posts and 10 years arguing on this and still not a solution in sight.. Glad we ran out of issues and this is over...
    I hope you noticed it is ten years and not twelve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganbuck View Post
    One good thing is that Denmark is a lot farther away in Kilometers than in miles.
    Re: 7016kM BUT ONLY 4360 MILES...
    "Funny you should mention that". SOME Europeans have resisted the drab grey of Socialism and retained a right wicked sense of humour.

    One of them must have worked for a time in the Database section underlying "viamichelin.com". Handy trip-planning tool it can be, but as it is "global" one DOES have to specify the country as well as the finer-grain street addresses for the endpoints.

    I overlooked this when planning one trip, was astonished to have a route presented for auto-travel that spanned the Atlantic Ocean.

    Delved into the detail - expecting a Ferry service I was unaware of.

    Nope.

    "Swim, XXXX kilometers, YYYY hours" popped up on-screen instead.

    Now... on that basis, may I propose a two-for-one "cultural exchange" based on that viamichelin routing?

    Miguel and Juergen swim to Europe for metric "canonization" for their devoted and dedicated lives by wotever priesthood is on-watch.

    Gordon swims to the USA for circus cannon-ization by wotever carnival still fires folks out of cannons so as to experience the US Health Scare system firsthand.

    This thread might not yet "die", even then.

    But the "cold turkey" part will assuredly be satisfied, given the ambient seawater temps involved on the Atlantic routing.


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    This argument thread started years ago. If you go back and look at some if the early posts, a lot of the "terrible transition" that people railed against has already occured. Soda is in liters. Plywood on the big box store is often actually sized metric. Measuring cups are all double marked . Cars are virtually all metric. When I watch foreign news, the temps are always in C and I have trouble doing 5/9+ 32 in my head. I wish we would switch already. A system where the freezing point of water is zero and boiling is 100 makes more sense than 32 and 212. One guy here even tried to claim that somebody well versed in fractions was almost as efficient as somebody working in mm. OK, 3/8 +5/32+ 21/64...quick. Even our drill bit systems are a mess, fractions, numbers, letters. With mm I din't have to check a chart to convert to decimal to see which one is bigger. We have a mideval system basd on body parts, like feet and hands. Four inches to a hand,12 inches to a foot, 3 ft to a yard, 5280 ft to a mile uless it is a nautical mile and then it is 6020..In the metric system you only move the decimal point, mm, cm, km. The US and some little African country, the name eludes me, are the only ones not totally metric. It is only habit that keeps us using this archaic system. I am as guilty as most, being comfortable with our units of measure but it is really is indefensable There is nothing good about it, other than we are used to it. The only olace we have prevailed is ratchet drive sizes. The small drive size outside the US is 6.3 mm, aka 1/4". I have finished my rant. Whew!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganbuck View Post
    One good thing is that Denmark is a lot farther away in Kilometers than in miles.
    Re: 7016kM BUT ONLY 4360 MILES...
    Works both ways LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon B. Clarke View Post
    Works both ways LOL
    Wait, I will have to check the map, and see what way the wind is blowing. Hope you had a nice holiday Gordon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganbuck View Post
    Wait, I will have to check the map, and see what way the wind is blowing. Hope you had a nice holiday Gordon.
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    I think you'll find that the wind blows more often from west to east mainly due to the rotation of the Earth.

    Had a very enjoyable holiday over Christmas and New Year and we (wife and I) are now looking forward to a 2 week vacation beginning at the end of this month. Should be close to 25 - 30ºC every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6PTsocket View Post
    We have a mideval system basd on body parts, like feet and hands. Four inches to a hand,12 inches to a foot, 3 ft to a yard, 5280 ft to a mile
    You forgot the 6 inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6PTsocket View Post
    .In the metric system you only move the decimal point, mm, cm, km...
    Where's the fun in that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modelman View Post
    Where's the fun in that?

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    Fun? How many inches in a mile? Do that in your head in less than 10 seconds.

    How many mm in 1 km?

    1,000m in 1km and 1,000mm in 1m. 1,000,000.

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    Good point there Gordon.. you win.

    Still 5280 x 10 plus 5280 x 2
    Took me over 10 seconds..darn

    I will challenge my grandson with that and count seconds..He almost aced the ACT tess in math so he might get it..

    Alexander took Sinapore math on top of his regular math.. it involves not using algebra but to think out problems..It is tough.

    He made the grade for Harvard but we can't afford that...

    Here is a question I ask my Boy Scouts
    A wind mill has three blades each of 100 feet long that spin one rotation in six seconds. How many miles per hour does a blade tip spin..took Alexander about 10 or 20 seconds..but he used a pencil and pad .. more than metric here even if you work meters and kilometers, *but yes in metric the last is quicker.....

    We see a lot of wind mills on our road trips to BS camps In USA and Canada.

    Yes even that blades are 100' long there is other than metric here..
    But wait, the Minuet is 60 seconds and a day is about 24hours.. Oh no! Did somebody get that wrongaddeled?

    Agree you can't get exact MPH because the blades start a bit away from the spindle center but I don't add that for the boys. They don't think of that and I don't add it. Yes they learn how to eyeball measure that distance in Boy Scout training.

    OT:Scouts Canada photos ..Yes boys and girls are one in Canada, not Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts like the USA.

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    [QUOTE=6PTsocket;3099490]In the metric system you only move the decimal point, mm, cm, km.

    Not too long back on PM somebody wanted to change the decimal point for a decimal comma.

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    [QUOTE=camscan;3099900]
    Quote Originally Posted by 6PTsocket View Post
    In the metric system you only move the decimal point, mm, cm, km.

    Not too long back on PM somebody wanted to change the decimal point for a decimal comma.
    My HP calculators allow you to select your radix.

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    [QUOTE=camscan;3099900]
    Quote Originally Posted by 6PTsocket View Post
    In the metric system you only move the decimal point, mm, cm, km.

    Not too long back on PM somebody wanted to change the decimal point for a decimal comma.
    Many countries in Europe use the coma.

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    [QUOTE=juergenwt;3099974]
    Quote Originally Posted by camscan View Post

    Many countries in Europe use the coma.
    Yes indeed, juergen. Especially around new years eve. Hope you got through without too much headache ('tømmmermænd' as we say here).
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    Some of you are a bad influence.

    Yesterday I had to re-label some old file drawers. The standard office issue ruler is a stainless thing with fractional inch on one edge and metric on the other. While measuring one of the old label inserts I noticed it was very close to 4.5 x 8 cm, so ... that's what I cut the card stock to.

    However, I should mention that for quite a few years whenever dealing with things where precision involved is only "close enough" I have been in the habit of using whatever units fit most conveniently. Sometimes it's inch and sometimes it's metric, which is yet another reason I'm glad to be living in a bilingual country. Imagine being limited to one system with no other options.

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    [QUOTE=fusker;3099998]
    Quote Originally Posted by juergenwt View Post

    Yes indeed, juergen. Especially around new years eve. Hope you got through without too much headache ('tømmmermænd' as we say here).
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    Thanks fusker. Now we will try a "comma" when dealing with decimals or money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottl View Post
    Some of you are a bad influence.

    Yesterday I had to re-label some old file drawers. The standard office issue ruler is a stainless thing with fractional inch on one edge and metric on the other. While measuring one of the old label inserts I noticed it was very close to 4.5 x 8 cm, so ... that's what I cut the card stock to.

    However, I should mention that for quite a few years whenever dealing with things where precision involved is only "close enough" I have been in the habit of using whatever units fit most conveniently. Sometimes it's inch and sometimes it's metric, which is yet another reason I'm glad to be living in a bilingual country. Imagine being limited to one system with no other options.
    I'm not trying to offend you but something like the label you mentioned would be given in mm and not in cm.

    IOW 45x80mm

    While I'm at it I notice you've written "bilingual" more than once now in connection with "metric". What has "bilingual" got to do with that or am I misunderstanding something?

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    'Cause metrik is a foreign language.

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